Australian Literary Agents' Association

Submit your posts to ProximityWA

If you live in regional Western Australia, ProximityWA, an initiative of WritingWA, asks you to help spread the word about the extraordinary range of literary activities and opportunities available across regional WA. Regionally based writers, libraries, festivals and others engaged in reading and writing activities throughout the state are invited to post information about forthcoming events and opportunities on the ProximityWA website.

For details on how to submit, visit


QWC expressions of interest for 2015 program

The deadline for expressions of interest for the 2015 Queensland Writers Centre Program is fast approaching.

For 2015, QWC invites proposals from innovative and engaging writers, editors, and publishing industry professionals to present original writing workshops and seminars in our program of events.

They are interested in tutors capable of professional, well-prepared and instructional presentations, who are serious about delivering creative and professional learning opportunities to participants and members.

It is strongly advised that you refer to QWC’s 2014 program, and website resources and content, prior to applying to ensure your project or content aligns with QWC’s ethos.


Closing date

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday 20 August.


For more information and submission details, please visit the QWC website.

QWC Express Year of the Edit

Queensland Writers Centre’s Year of the Novel and Year of the Edit courses are always popular. Now they are offering Express Year of the Edit – a four-month course presented by Kári Gislason, commencing 14 September and finishing on 11 January 2015. For details please visit the QWC website.

The London Magazine – short story competition

The London Magazine’s short story competition is returning for its third year in September. The magazine is home to some of the very best names in short story writing, including Raymond Carver, Alison MacLeod, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd.

To continue its literary history, The London Magazine is always looking for new voices from across the world. Its competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition.


Opening date: 1 September 2014

Deadline: 31 October 2014


  • 1st Prize: £500 (and published in a future issue of The London Magazine)
    2nd Prize: £300 (and published on The London Magazine’s website)
    3rd Prize: £200 (and published on The London Magazine’s website)
The winners will also be announced at a champagne reception at the House of Commons in early 2015.

Entry fee: £10 per short story.

Judges: Polly Samson and Harriet Kline.

Please visit The London Magazine website for more details:

Varuna Residency Fellowships 2015 – for writers and illustrators

Applications close 28 August 2014

Varuna, the National Writers House invites writers and illustrators from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residency Fellowship. A Varuna Residency Fellowship offers writers and illustrators, working across a wide range of literary genres and forms, focused work time, an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere in which to develop a new work.

The Fellowship includes full board and accommodation including private writing studio at Varuna, the National Writers House in the world heritage Blue Mountains region of NSW.

Varuna assesses applications on merit and encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply. Varuna is offering thirty Residency Fellowships in 2014 with residencies available between January and the end of June 2015.

For full information about the Fellowships, please visit the Varuna website.

New website listing Australian book releases each month

A new website has been launched listing the books released each month that are written by Australians. Australian Book Releases is ‘A listing of book releases – and nothing more’. The listings start in June 2014 and are organised under Fiction, Non-fiction and Children’s releases, with Poetry when appropriate. Authors – and other interested parties – are able to contact the website’s organisers if they feel their release has been missed.

National Bookshop Day – 9 August 2014

Australia has a variety of bookshops for readers to choose from, including chains and independents. We are lucky to have robust independent booksellers who make up a higher proportion of our bookshops than can be found in other countries, and publishers and authors know how important these bookshops are when it comes to breaking new authors, in particular, and in supporting Australian authors in general.

National Bookshop Day on 9 August is an initiative from the Australian Booksellers Association to encourage readers to visit their local bookshop. At bookshops such as Pages & Pages, Australian authors will be ringing up your purchase – and, of course, helping you with a recommendation if you need one … just don’t be surprised if they recommend their own books!

If you’re not sure where your closest bookseller is, visit and use the ‘Find a Bookshop’ tool on their home page.



SA Writers’ Centre to host romance writing festival

The South Australian Writers’ Centre and Romance Writers of Australia are joining forces to present Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember on 14 and 15 June in Adelaide. It promises to be  ‘a weekend for writers and lovers of romantic fiction’ – two days of ‘whirling workshops, panel sessions, masterclasses, industry advice, meet the authors sessions, book signings’ and more. Guest authors include Fiona McIntosh, Helene Young, Keri Arthur and Victoria Purnam.

For the full program, visit and you can book here.

New literary journal Gargouille open for submissions

Gargouille is a new print-based literary journal from Melbourne and the editors are seeking submissions for their first ever edition, due in the third quarter of this year. They are looking for short fiction, poetry and scripts, and ‘aesthetic essays’.

Go to for details. Submissions close 1 July 2014.

New worldwide poetry competition

The London Magazine has launched a worldwide poetry competition which is be open for all ages. The London Magazine is the oldest and most prestigious literary journal in the UK; it has been home to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid and many more.


  • 1st Prize: £200 (and published in a future issue of The London Magazine)
  • 2nd Prize: £150 (and published on The London Magazine website)
  • 3rd Prize: £100 (and published on The London Magazine website)

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

Deadline:  30 June 2014.

Judges: Hugh Dunkerley and Michael O’Neill.

For more details, please visit the website:

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